About this object

Triptych composed of five pieces of ivory: central panel, upper and lower frame bars, wings. One of the most elaborately painted of all Byzantine ivories. Extensive gilding on the central panel; gilding and blue in eyes of figures on right wing; gilding and blue pigment on verso.
Centre: Crucifixion with Virgin (left) and St. John (right. Sun (left) and moon (right) above.
Left wing: The archangel Michael (above), St. Paul (centre) and St. Theodore (below).
Right wing: The archangel Gabriel (above), St. Peter (centre) and St. George (below).
Back of each wing: a cross.
The triptych to which this panel belonged served as a portable icon. This is one of the few Byzantine triptychs to survive in its complete and original state, but for the replacement ivory on the wings.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Byzantine
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Western Asia: Turkey: Istanbul
  • Date made
    10th Century AD - 11th Century AD
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory Elephant
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    162 mm x 245 mm x 7 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Art Treasures in Manchester: 150 years on

    Hunt, Tristram; Whitfield, Victoria

    Author: Hunt, Tristram; Whitfield, Victoria
    Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers; Manchester Art Gallery
    Date: 2007
    Description: Published on the occasion of the exhibiiton 'Art Treasures In Manchester: 150 years on', held at Manchester Art Gallery from 6 October 2007 to 27 January 2008.

  • Byzantine Steatites in the Possession of the Knights of Rhodes

    Hetherington, P

    Author: Hetherington, P
    Publisher:
    Date: 1978
    Description:

  • Catalogue of Mediaeval & Later Antiquities contained in the Mayer Museum including the Mather collection of miniatures and medals relating to the Bonaparte family

    Gatty, Charles T

    Author: Gatty, Charles T
    Publisher:
    Date: 1883
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's medieval and post-medieval collection, which was either gifted by Mayer in 1867 or purchased from the Mayer Museum Duplicate Fund. The catalogue also lists the Mather Collection, which was left to the city of Liverpool in 1872 by Mr. John Mather, who obtained it in the first instance by purchase from Mayer. The collection of French Revolution badges and medals was purchased in 1870.

  • The Hand of the Master

    Cutler, A

    Author: Cutler, A
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    Date: 1994
    Description:

  • The Liverpool Ivories: Late Antique and Medieval Ivory and Bone Carving in Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery.

    Gibson, Margaret

    Author: Gibson, Margaret
    Publisher: HMSO; National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
    Date: 1994
    Description: Catalogue of ivory and bone carvings from late antique and medieval held in collections of Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery.

  • XVII: Byzantine steatites in the possession of the Knights of Rhodes

    Hetherington, P

    Author: Hetherington, P
    Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
    Date: 2008
    Description:

Events

  • Art Treasures in Manchester: 150 years on

    Start date: 2007-10-06
    End date: 2007-10-06
    Description: Held in 1857 in Manchester, art Treasures of the United Kingdom' featured over 16,000 exhibits of the most important historic and modern art ever displayed. 150 years on, Manchester Art Gallery celebrated this extraordinary achievement in an anniversary exhibition.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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